More Gorges, Swimming Holes and the Bungle Bungles

Trip Start Oct 09, 2007
Trip End Dec 05, 2007

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

The rest of the trip was filled with more gorges, swimming holes and the amazing Bungle Bungles (don't you just love the name?!). We lounged in some lovely hot springs (before it got too hot in the day of course..) and wandered down the beauteous Emma Gorge to another swimming hole.

Then we headed down to the Bungle Bungle National Park. The Bungles are these beautiful beehive shaped domes of striped sandstone. There are loads of them and you can get lost wandering in and amongst them, getting in tune with your 'inner Bungle' of the area seem like something from Jurassic Park, with ancient looking palms and fern plants hanging from high ledges and in crevices. There were some lovely hikes in the park, Echidna Chasm, Picaninny Creek and Cathedral Gorge. We had a lovely bush camp here (no showers) and our first rain of the trip. It was just a little shower though and I think we all needed to get wet after a day in the sun, clean us up a bit. We were fortunate that for most of the bigger hikes we had overcast weather, which is apparently rare for that area at this time, and it helped keep the temperatures tolerable. Somebody's mojo was working....

We had to part from 4 of our members after our Bungle Bungles trip, which was quite sad. That's always the most difficult part of traveling, having to part ways with people that you've bonded with after all the experiences you've shared. You become a family, but I reckon it's a part of the travel culture to meet for a short while, then go your separate just takes a while to get used to it again....

We then journeyed to the Victoria River, where we were fortunate enough to witness a tremendous thunderstorm that came out of nowhere --- a wall of wind and water came down the valley at an amazing speed. It gave us a little bit of the feeling of what it must be like in this area in The Wet, when storms pound down every day. It was truly invigorating, and bloody drenching. Luckily we were under a tin roof cover at the time so we weren't swept completely away, but we all got wet and were chasing camp equipment every which way....lots of fun!!

After another gorgeous swimming hole, Edith Falls and some exploring around Lake Argyle and the Lake Argyle Dam, we headed for Darwin, our ending point for this part of the journey. Darwin is a tropical town set in the Northern middle tip of Australia. It was severely bombed in WWII by the Japanese, and completely wiped out in Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve, 1974. It has been continously rebuilt and is a lovely tropical (hot & humid!) city. There were some nice night markets to visit there, and we had some good sundowners (drinks) at the Darwin Water Ski Club, which is off the tourist trail a bit, so that was kind of nice.

This time we all had to part from one another, but who knows, maybe we will cross paths again....
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